Pricing Plans

So you’re hoping to head out to summer camp in America?

If you’re looking for an incredible, unforgettable summer, our camps provide free meals and accommodations. You will recieve a minimum stipend of $1,600 USD and may be eligible to earn more depending on your age, skill set, and experience. Feel free to save this pocket money, spend it during the summer, or use it to travel and experience American culture for up to 30 days after camp.

Girls with horse and counselor at USA camp

Boys sailing at USA summer camp

What You Pay

There are a few costs to be aware of…

Application

No Cost, it’s free to apply

Interview

No cost for the interview but…

Proof of Intent

£100 is due on or shortly after your interview (this indicates that you are accepted onto our program fully)

Final Payment

£245 due once you’ve been placed at a camp.

Total Fee to IENA

£345

USA summer camp boys and counselor laughing

Female counselor and campers at USA day camp

What’s Included

  • Fees include visa paperwork, SEVIS, a 24-hour help line and comprehensive medical insurance while in the United States. Please note, this insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions or any applicants 65 years or older.
  • At camp you will experience a huge amount of personal growth, making a positive impact on the lives of children, and working with awesome staff from all over the world.
  • Food and accommodation are included for the duration of your employment at camp.
  • You will receive some of the most in-depth training you will ever receive for a short term job.
  • Internet and time off to recuperate and communicate with loved ones back home is provided too!
  • The ability to travel up to 30 days prior to your first day of work in the US as well as 30 days to travel after your last day worked. That’s 60 days of traveling around the United States, seeing all that it has to offer!

Street hockey game at summer camp

Canoeing at USA overnight camp

Returners & Direct Placements

Fees for direct placements and returning staff can be paid by you, or by your camp. Your camp determines who will pay this fee, so please follow up with your camp director for more information. If camp requires you to pay the fee, then no fees will be deducted from your stipend, and you may be able to negotiate reimbursement of your fee.

$425

Returning or Direct Placement Camp Counselors*

$650

Returning Camp Support Staff*

$900

Direct Placement Support Staff*

*Staff stipend negotiated with camp

Please note, this fee does not include the $35 SEVIS fee for Direct Placement and Returning applicants.


For Direct Placements and Returners Only: There is a $50 express service charge for all applications processed after April 6th, 2020 and a further charge of $100 for applications processed after May 11th, 2020.

Returners and Direct Placements applications are processed when an application is completed and reviewed by IENA, the visa sponsor partnered with American Summers. There is a limited number of places on our program for Returners and Direct Placements, and IENA accepts people onto the program in order of completion. Creating an application and paying is no guarantee you will be accepted onto our program. Once your application has been officially processed, you will be accepted. Anyone paying who is subsequently not accepted onto our program and issued a form DS-2019 will be issued with a full refund.

Girls group in sleepaway camp cabin

A counselor teaches campers at USA camp

Additional Costs

Police Background Checks

Typically $45 to $60

US Embassy Appointment Fee

$160 USD

Medical Check

Free–$50 (camps require a medical form to be completed, prices may vary depending on your doctor)

Flights

Price varies by location and destination.


Flights

Flights are never free. Other companies claim to offer free flights for participants; however, your camp will then pay this cost, which will then be deducted from your pocket money. Our camps want to see you organize your own flight to show you are responsible and capable of doing so, and it also allows you more flexibility to find the best deal and book the flights you are comfortable with.

Once placed, your camp will send you details of how you can travel to camp: if camp will arrange an airport pickup, or if there is local transportation you can take. Using this information, you can shop around for the best deals for your travel to the US. Please note, we strongly recommend you do not purchase flights until your J1 Visa has been approved by the US Embassy.

Male counselor teaches art class at camp

Holding hands game at USA summer camp

Refund and Cancellation Policy

First Time Participants

  • If you are not accepted on the program, the proof of intent and all verifiable fees paid to IENA are refundable.
  • If your application is withdrawn after acceptance onto the program, but prior to placement at a summer camp AND you have paid the program fee in full, $100 is refundable. Otherwise, the program fee is non-refundable.
  • If your application is withdrawn after placement at a summer camp, the total program free is non-refundable.
  • After acceptance on the program, if changes to your availability, your ability to attend a camp, or any failure on your part to comply with your obligations in this agreement, or any other facts, affect the ability of IENA to place you at a camp, IENA reserves the right to withdraw your application from the program and refunds will be at the absolute discretion of IENA
  • If you are not placed at a camp by IENA by July 1st, your application will be withdrawn from the program and a refund will be issued.

Returnee/Direct Placement Participants

  • If your application is withdrawn after it has been processed, the total program fee is non-refundable.
  • If you leave camp before the end date of your camp contract for any reason, the total program fee is non-refundable.

All Participants

  • If you or a member of your immediate family (parents or siblings; not including grandparents) experiences a life-threatening illness, or death, prior to your departure for your camp, written documentation must be submitted within 14 days and refunds will then be considered at the absolute discretion of IENA.
  • No refunds will be given if your application is withdrawn due to exacerbation of a pre-existing medical condition.
  • If you have not obtained your J-1 visa (delayed/denied/rejected) by your contracted start date at your camp or by June 15th of the year of your participation in the program, whichever is sooner, IENA reserves the right to withdraw you from the program without refund.
  • Any fees you incur for third-party services (such as J-1 visa interview or criminal background checks, etc.…) or other costs associated with the program (but not inclusive of the program fee) are not refundable by IENA.
  • IENA reserves the right to withdraw your application, without refund, if unable to make contact with you via the contact details you provided; if you are late with any paperwork or payments; or in any other circumstances where IENA is unable to obtain required information from you.
  • Failure to complete your camp contract, for any reason, may result in the ending of your visa program and insurance coverage and you may be required to immediately leave the USA. You will be required to leave the USA on the earliest available flight. Without prejudice to any other claims IENA may have, you will be responsible for any flight change fees and will be liable for any fees that would otherwise be paid by camp to IENA on your behalf (up to $1,100). In the event that any invoice is not paid when due, the credit card on file will be automatically charged. If the charge is rejected, all costs incurred in recovering the outstanding balance will be added to the outstanding amount.
  • For any Chargeback on the credit card used to pay for your fees, IENA will levy a $100 charge to cover the costs of us responding to the chargeback. Please make sure if you had permission to use someone else’s card to pay your fees that you remind them when their bill arrives. You WILL be charged $100 for incorrect chargebacks.

I have enjoyed every moment and was heartbroken to leave!Summer Camp Participant

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